Purple Lea® Pennisetum boasts feathery purple flowers that are showy and contrast with its full sized green foliage.
It has a clumping growth habit with beautifully arching leaves. NOTE: Do not get this native Australian Pennisetum alopecuroides confused with the invasive African variety (P. setaceum). The native Australian varieties have a much wider plume than the exotic variety, and are non-invasive making them a safer choice.
Australian Native with elegant purple flower heads
Friendly to native bushland (low seed viability)
Great for attracting native birds
Height Range: 0.5 to 1m
Spread: 0.5 to 1m
Position: Full Sun, Semi Shade
Growth Habit: Clumping
Plant Use(s): Borders, Mass Planting, Feature Plant
Suitable Climate Zone(s):
Flower Colour: Purple
How to use
Mass or accent plantings for borders, rockeries and low maintenance gardens.
How it works
NSW, ACT, QLD, VIC, SA, WA & TAS.
Full sun to part shade. Purple Lea® Pennisetum suits sandy to heavy clay soils. Tolerates frost and drought.
Water as required for 8-13 weeks until established. Plant in a well mulched garden (chunky mulch is recommended). Use slow release fertiliser in late winter. Trim back annually to 1/3 the size in late autumn to winter.